From the Equestrian Trailhead: The Equestrian trailhead is the only multiuse (equestrian, bicycle, hiker) access point for the park and the trailhead for Hardy Ridge. It is also a great place to start your hike for Hamilton Mountain on a busy weekend day, as there is usually parking available. Head up the moderate, multi-use double track meandering through mature second growth. After a varied climb reach the first trail junction at 1.22 miles.

Go left on West Hardy Trail to head up towards Hardy Ridge. A mile and a quarter up enjoy westerly views, at a little over a mile and half the trail intersects with Hardy Ridge Trail (hikers only). Hikers continue up Hardy Ridge Trail ascending the recently rerouted switchbacks to the spine of the ridge at 2580’ in two thirds of a mile. Enjoy panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. The ridge is abound with wildflowers in spring and early summer. Descend eastward reaching East Hardy Trail (double track) in a little over a half mile. Continue on East Hardy Trail passing an intersection with Bridge Trail at .82 miles, in another .78 miles reach another four way junction with the Equestrian Trail. Go right on Equestrian Trail to return to trailhead in 1.8 mil

Activity Notes

We will meet at the Beacon Rock State Park Equestrian Trailhead at 9:00AM. A Discovery Pass is required, but can be purchased at the Trailhead.  We will go up the East Hardy Trail to the Hardy Ridge Trail and come back down the West Hardy Trail.  These trails are on old logging roads which narrow down on the ridge.  On the ridge, we have beautiful views of the Columbia Gorge.  The hike is 7.3 miles with an 1800ft elevation gain. The wide trails and elevation gain work well to use up that pent up energy.  Leashed well behaved dogs are welcome, but you don't need a dog to attend.  There is no cell phone service at the trailhead.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 88 miles
Distance - Round Trip 7 miles
Expected Duration Car to car in one day
Awards Qualified Awesome Ridges Award